Mark Rothko

As a part of our Abstract Expressionism unit, our students also learned about the artist Mark Rothko.   Although Pollock and Rothko both worked in Abstract Expressionism, their art was very different. We compared and contrasted both works of art, then got to work on our own Rothko paintings.  Some of our students worked in groups,…

Alma Woodsey Thomas

First grade is so much fun! For this project we were learning about patterns and secondary colors.  Our students got to experiment and experience what it’s like to mix their colors, and then they made patterns in the style of Alma Woodsey Thomas. Alma Thomas was an abstract painter and art educator who loved painting…

Keith Haring

Sixth Grade is a crazy time for a lot of our students.  Being in a new place, with new teachers, new rules, new responsibilities, new friends!  I try to make this experience easier for the kids by starting with a Keith Haring group project that is both fun and gets our students talking to each other….

Jackson Pollock

8th grade learned about Abstract Expressionism.  They discussed what it meant for artists to break down paintings into the most simplest form.  Then, our students got to experience Abstract Expressionism for themselves!  My favorite part of this project was hearing my students say “I have a total man crush on Pollock!”  

Fifth Grade Drawings

To start off the year, 5th grade learned about different types of drawing Gesture Drawing – Really quick drawings to get the energy of a pose. Regular Contour Drawing – Being able to lift our pencil and look at our paper while drawing Blind Contour Drawing – Not being allowed to look at our paper while drawing…

Celebrating Autism in the Arts

Our school has been so lucky to have support from CARD and Dr. Liso when it comes to our Morningstar students. When Dr. Liso told me she was hosting an Art show for people with disabilities, I HAD to have my students work there! So Monday night after school, with help from Ms. Vuto (Our…

What do Artists draw?

Today Kindergarten talked about what artists draw.  I got so many examples of things artists draw, but in the end we all agreed that some artists draw what they see.   We talked about how artists like to explore and examine and observe, just like… Yup! They guessed it! A Scientist! So today we explored…

Spring Fine Arts Festival

Spring Fine Arts night was an amazing night that showcased all the work our Art and Music programs have been doing throughout the year. Throughout the night, Ms. Fernandez had all k-8 classes song different songs. The concert ended with an amazing performance by her Treble Choir! Inbetween songs, parents and students were directed to…

Multi Material Still Life

Throughout most of 6th grade we have been practicing using value, and showing it by using different materials.  This end of the year project is a culmination of everything we have been doing in the Art Room. Throughout the year, we never really practiced drawing from life, so I was so impressed with how well these drawings came…

Amazing Student Progress

For us, this doesn’t seem like much, but to this student it’s amazing progress! At the beginning of this year, this student could not cut on a line OR do it by herself.  My fingers got snipped many times trying to help. And now she uses scissors on her own. Cutting shapes out on the…

CARD Art Show

This weekend I got to show off some of the amazing artwork our Morningstar students have been doing in the Art Room.  Morningstar started last year, and is a program for both Elementary and Middle School students who are Neuro-Disabled.  The Elementary Program is run by Ms. Vuto, and Middle School is run by Ms. Riddel. We…

Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel

2nd Grade learned about how Michelangelo painted the sistine chapel.  They watched and discussed the video below, and then got to work creating their own masterpieces underneath the table!  They learned how tough it was for Michelangelo to spend all that time painting the ceiling above him.  There was a lot of “My arms are…